With a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), you can ensure that someone you trust can make decisions for you if you are ever unable to do so yourself.
Ill health or an accident can lead to someone losing the ability to make decisions. This can leave your family in a difficult situation as they may be unable to deal with your finances, property or personal welfare on your behalf. If you would want someone to take care of your affairs for you, it’s important to make a Lasting Power of Attorney. Our expert team of South Wales Lasting Power of Attorney Solicitors can guide you through the process and provide you with a professionally made LPA.
What is a lasting power of attorney? (LPA)
An LPA is a legal document which ensures that if you lose mental capacity, your named attorney has the authority to take care of things for you. Your attorney must make all decisions in your best interests.
Mental capacity can be lost due to Dementia, mental health problems, brain injury, alcohol or drug misuse, side effects from medical treatment, or other illness or disability.
Different types of LPA
There are 2 different types of LPA, and it’s up to you whether to make one or both types.
Property & Financial LPA
A property and financial affairs LPA can give someone the authority to deal things like:
- buying or selling property
- bank, building society and other financial accounts
- welfare benefits or tax credits
- tax affairs or debts
- legal proceedings.
You don't have to wait until someone loses their mental capacity before using a Property & Financial LPA. For instance, it could be used even if it a physical problem which is stopping you from dealing with your affairs.
Health & Care LPA
An LPA about Health & Care can give someone authority to make decisions about things like:
- where you live
- your day-to-day care, including what you wear and what you eat
- your healthcare treatment
- what contact, if any, you should have with certain other people
- access to your personal information.
You can make a personal welfare LPA which deals with all aspects of your personal welfare, or only certain things. It's not possible to use a personal welfare LPA until the person who made it has lost their mental capacity.
How to make a LPA
You must make an LPA whilst you're still able to make decisions for yourself. To find out more, view our Lasting Power of Attorney FAQs page.
One of our friendly South Wales lawyers will need to take some personal details about you and your chosen attorney(s). We will then fill out the relevant forms which then need to be signed by you and your attorney(s). Once you've signed these forms, Devonalds will register the LPA with the Office of the Public Guardian.
To get things started Contact your local Devonalds office and speak to one of our expert Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors today. We have offices across Rhondda Cynon Taff at Talbot Green, Tonypandy, Tylorstown, Pontypridd and a brand new office at Bridgend. We can even come out to your home if necessary.